Founded in Cambridge, United Kingdom by a group of mathematicians and software engineers, Luminance’s computational and mathematical knowledge is world leading. The technology is based on the work of Cambridge University PhDs, while the team contains experts in Bayesian probabilistic mathematics, meaning based computing and legacy system connections.
The Luminance team has developed many of the most intelligent, compliant, and secure big data systems for organisations ranging from NATO to the NHS. They have unique expertise in applying new maths to solve complex real-world challenges where there are very large, heterogeneous, constantly evolving data sets. In addition to managing numerous mergers, acquisitions and financings, Luminance's employees have developed some of the largest and most mission-critical software systems for multinational and governmental organisations.
Emily Foges, CEO
Emily has 20 years’ experience of growing and scaling up technology-led businesses. First as a management consultant, and then with Betfair, BT and Equifax, she built teams to drive acquisition strategy and then delivered the integration, including the development and launch of new products. This gave her first-hand experience of the significant risks and opportunities that are often missed during due diligence processes, showing a clear need for AI to assist both in-house teams and law firms. In 2016 she became CEO of Luminance, the leading artificial intelligence platform for the legal industry. Luminance is founded on the latest breakthroughs in machine learning technologies at the University of Cambridge.
Dr James Loxam, CTO
James Loxam leads the developer team in Cambridge. James has created multiple technologies for European software giants. He specialises in big data, machine learning and computer vision. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Vision and Mathematics from the University of Cambridge.
George Tziahanas, Managing Director, U.S.
George is responsible for U.S. Operations of Luminance. He has held leadership positions with global technology companies and consulting firms, including Intel, Autonomy, Hewlett Packard, and Morae Global. He has extensive experience using analytics with regulated clients and the legal industry. George also led clients deploying petabyte-scale, secure compliance platforms. George holds an M.S. in Molecular Systematics, and a J.D. from DePaul University. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois and the Federal District for the Northern District of Illinois.
Martin Blackburn, Sales Director
Martin has extensive experience in software sales, having spent the previous 20 years working for Cambridge Neurodynamics, Autonomy Systems and latterly as part of the Big Data practice at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. During this time he has had responsibility for major accounts as well as holding sales leadership roles. He holds a degree in Business & Marketing as well as a Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Security advisory board
Dave Palmer, Director of Technology, Darktrace
Dave Palmer is the Director of Technology at Darktrace, overseeing the mathematics and engineering teams and project strategies. With over ten years of experience at the forefront of government intelligence operations, Palmer has worked across UK intelligence agencies GCHQ & MI5, where he delivered mission-critical infrastructure services, including the replacement and security of entire global networks, the development of operational internet capabilities and the management of critical disaster recovery incidents. He holds a first-class degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the University of Birmingham.
Lord Evans of Weardale KCB
Lord Evans was Director General of MI5 from 2007 to 2013. He spent 33 years with MI5, defending the UK against internal and domestic terrorism and cyber-threats. He was appointed to the Security Service's Management Board as Director of International Counter Terrorism in 2001, ten days before the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. He was appointed to the House of Lords in 2014 at the personal recommendation of the Prime Minister and sits as a cross-bench peer. Lord Evans is also a non-executive Director of HSBC Holdings and of Ark Datacentres Ltd.
Jack Stockdale, Global Chief Technology Officer, Darktrace
Jack Stockdale started his career at enterprise software company Autonomy, where he worked on the core software platform IDOL as Technical Director and later Chief Architect. He moved to Blinkx in 2006, where he spent 5 years as Director of Research and Development, with responsibility for the technical development of Blinkx's award-winning online video search engine. Jack is CTO at Darktrace, overseeing the application of Bayesian mathematical models onto the Darktrace Enterprise Immune System. He has a degree in Computer Science from Lancaster University.
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Board of directors
Robert Webb QC, Chairman
Robert Webb is currently Chairman of Darktrace Limited and a Director of Holdingham Group (formerly Hakluyt). He is a Door Tenant of Brick Court Chambers. Until 1998, Robert was a practicing Barrister, a Recorder and Head of Chambers at 5 Bell Yard, London. From 1998 to 2009 he was General Counsel of British Airways. He is also a past Chairman of BBC Worldwide and of Autonomy plc, a former Senior Independent Director of the London Stock Exchange and a Director of Argent Ltd and of Air Mauritius. He was General Counsel of Rolls-Royce Plc (2012-16). He is a Bencher of the Inner Temple and Trustee of Comic Relief, and a former Fellow of UNICEF.
Dr Mike Lynch OBE, Advisor
Celebrated as ‘Britain's Bill Gates’, Mike Lynch is a renowned technologist at the cutting-edge of fundamental new technologies. Having founded Autonomy in 1996, based on technology invented at Cambridge, it quickly became one of the most successful companies on the FTSE 100 and was acquired in 2011 for $11 billion. He went on to found investment firm Invoke Capital in 2012, which focuses on developing new fundamental technologies in Europe. Mike was named Computer Weekly's ‘Most Influential Person of the Year’ and won the Chartered Institute for IT's award for Outstanding Contribution to IT in 2011. He is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, an honorary fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge, and a scientific advisor to the British Prime Minister.
Vanessa Colomar, Director
Vanessa is a partner at Invoke Capital, the differentiated European technology investment firm, which she co-founded. Previously, she held a number of senior communications positions, including with agency Burston Marsteller in Madrid and New York and as Senior Vice President of Communications at Autonomy. At Autonomy, then the UK’s largest technology company, Vanessa was part of the management team that oversaw the company’s sale to HP. At Invoke, Vanessa is responsible for Investor Relations and Corporate Communications. Vanessa sits on the Boards of Darktrace, the world’s leading machine learning company for cyber security, and Luminance, the market-leading artificial intelligence platform for the legal industry. Vanessa holds a BA in Modern European Languages from Durham University, and an MA in Journalism from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid.
Andrew Kanter, Partner
Andrew Kanter served as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Autonomy for twelve years, where he led its global legal and operations divisions and oversaw all major acquisitions and transactions. A qualified lawyer, Andrew was previously an attorney in private practice in San Francisco and London, specialising in venture capital, international M&A and corporate finance. Andrew has acted as a principal on M&A transactions of over $2 billion, and an advisor on more than $40 billion of M&A transactions. Andrew also served as Clerk of Hon. Christine Miller of the US Court of Federal Claims, Washington D.C. He holds a J.D. from the University of Southern California Law Center and a BA from John Hopkins University.